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Jackie quits smoking, drinking to play Sai Baba
29th July 2008 09.00 IST
Bollywood star Jackie Shroff , who has worked in nearly 150 films and played diverse roles, now plays spiritual leader Sai Baba in a forthcoming movie.
And Jackie even quit smoking and drinking to get into the skin of the character.
"I have quit smoking and drinking for the last one-and-a-half years and plan to continue with it in the future too," Jackie told a news agency.
The actor has also turned completely vegetarian.
"I did not have the habit of eating non-vegetarian food much, but I have stopped it completely now," Jackie said.
Jackie, who has played a cop with élan in many films, admits that he was initially apprehensive about getting into the role of the spiritual guru for the film titled Malik Ek . But director Deepak Balraj Vij was adamant about casting him.
"Initially, when he had approached me with the project, I did not agree as I thought playing Sai Baba would not be possible for me.
"But the constant persuasion from the director made me say yes and then I never looked back," said Jackie, who won the Filmfare best actor award for his performance in Parinda (1989).
Jackie, who is also an ardent follower of the spiritual guru, said: "Now I feel as if Baba is guiding me in the film and I am only following his instructions."
Malik Ek is slated for an October release.
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